Reviews

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“The Worst Good Idea Ever”? The Birobidzhan Project and Soviet Jewish Culture

Masha Gessen’s new book explores the his­to­ry of the Jew­ish Autonomous Region of Biro­bidzhan through the sto­ry of David Bergel­son and Simon Dub­now, whose thought and writ­ing influ­enced its development.

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Birnbaum and the Distortions of Polemic

A review of the new edi­tion of S. A. Birn­baum’s Yid­dish: A Sur­vey and a Grammar

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Claudia Rosenzweig's Bovo d’Antona by Elye Bokher. A Yiddish Romance: A Critical Edition with Commentary

A review of Clau­dia Rosen­zweig’s new crit­i­cal edi­tion of the bove-bukh.

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Strangers in Berlin by Rachel Seelig

Seel­ig’s new book explores the city of Berlin dur­ing the Weimar peri­od as a tran­sit sta­tion” for Jew­ish lit­er­a­ture writ­ten in Ger­man, Yid­dish, and Hebrew.

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The Marriage Plot

Nao­mi Sei­d­man’s new book exam­ines the Ashke­nazi Jew­ish expe­ri­ence of mod­ern­iza­tion through the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of chang­ing ideas about love and sex­u­al­i­ty in literature. 

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Nothing Backwards about the Forward's New Anthology

The new anthol­o­gy of sto­ries pub­lished in The For­ward has more than a few gems, Eileen Pol­lack reviews. 

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Niemandssprache: A Biography of Itzik Manger

A review of Efrat Gal-Ed’s new biog­ra­phy of Itzik Manger. 

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Miriam Udel’s Never Better! The Modern Jewish Picaresque

Miri­am Udel’s new book trav­els with the genre of the picaresque from the shtetl to the USA to the USSR and brings it into the twen­ti­eth century.

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Jerold C. Frakes: Early Yiddish Epic

Jerold Frakes’s recent Eng­lish anthol­o­gy makes ear­ly Yid­dish epic acces­si­ble to a broad audi­ence for the first time. 

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